Development Boys Secure Third Win Against Frankston

Box Hill’s Development Team have recorded their third win of the season with a 79-point win over the Frankston Dolphins at Box Hill City Oval yesterday.

Leading at every change, Box Hill controlled the tempo of the game and managed to take the four-points at the end of the day.

The first quarter saw the boys start strong with a four goal to none first term. Liam Tobin scored the first major of the day with a quick follow up by Max Canfield, both showing strong marking ability early.

Our back six read the ball well when the pressure was on, and managed to work the ball out of the defensive 50 quickly.

Dale Hehir provided our third for the term, with Max Canfield scoring another to finish the quarter.

The second quarter saw the group step up their pressure, keeping Frankston to only one goal for the quarter. The midfield work of Anthony Brolic, Sam Switkowski and Liam Kidd provided more scoring opportunities and a five-goal quarter by the boys.

The continued contested efforts by the whole team were a standout and resulted in an increase of stoppages for the quarter, with Sam Switkowski leading the clearances. Fast running from Brayden Kilpatrick and Anthony Brolic assisted in Jake Summers slotting a great goal halfway through the quarter.

After the half-time break, Frankston returned revitalised, applying more pressure to Box Hill and winning the quarter four goals to three.

Missed tackles and a total of nine behinds for the quarter reflected the group’s lapse in concentration and allowed Frankston to work themselves back into the game.

Strong marks by James Sullivan and Anthony Brolic were features in a tough quarter. Lockie Williams didn’t hold back with his pressure creating a Frankston turnover and a goal to Box Hill’s Billy Murphy.

Box Hill returned to their first-half form in the last quarter of the match, reflected in the five goals to one quarter. Goals were kicked in quick succession and Jake Kidd showcased his ability to rebound the ball out of our defensive 50.

The final term saw boys really step up their presence around the ball and put their bodies on the line, with Anthony Brolic showcasing his skills yet again, ending his game with a match high of eight contested possessions.

Throughout the game, Box Hill were able to create more options within their forward 50, bringing their game total to 54 in comparison to Frankston’s 30 inside 50’s.

It was the strong intent of the group throughout the day that allowed Box Hill to come out on top, with our tackle count reaching 61 to Frankston’s 49, and our contested possessions totalling 37 to the Dolphin’s 14.

Brolic, a new recruit to Box Hill in 2016, spoke with after the game, which saw him with a game high of 38 disposals.

“The first two quarters were outstanding with really good pressure from the boys. Then when we came out after half-time we were a bit slow and Frankston capitalised on that.”

“We just had to go back to basics and once we did that we played our good, consistent footy again and managed to get the four points.”

Yesterday’s win was the Development Team’s third win so far and sees the group start the season 3-1, currently sitting second on the ladder.



Box Hill:        4.3   9.4   12.13   17.16 (118)

Frankston:   0.2   1.2     5.3         6.3     (39)



Box Hill: Murphy 3, Tobin 2, Summers 2, Hehir 2, Canfield 2, Cox 2, Sullivan, Jeffs, Switkowski, J. Kidd

Frankston: Greeley, J. Soroczynski, Crowder, Wilsen, Thomas, Rosier



Box Hill: Brolic 38, Switkowski 34, Bond 24, O’Sullivan 21, Kilpatrick 20

Frankston: Bastinac 26, Mullane 22, Smout 19, Gleeson 16, Crowder 15



Box Hill: Brolic, Switkowski, O’Sullivan, Bond, Tobin, L. Kidd

Frankston: Patolo, M. Soroczynski, J. Soroczynski, Van Der Haar, Bastinac, Rosier



Round 5


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